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McNerney or Andal - any arguments?

Original post made by Curious, Highland Oaks, on Oct 17, 2008

I'll lay the groundwork by saying that I am a Democrat and my spouse is a Republican. In the last race, my spouse was a champion of Pete McCloskey, and while a Democrat myself, I honored that choice because of Pete's long commitment and track record for issues that I, too, espoused. When Pete withdrew from the campaign and put his support behind McNerney, I also honored that decision, feeling that it was definitely a better choice than Pombo. I was happy when McNerney won the race, and have been pleased by his track record and dedication to his constituents since then.

Yesterday, I received a slick advertisement in the mail from Andal, and wonder: is there any real argument for voting for him, other than Guy Houston's recommendation, questionable as that is in my mind?

Seeking real input, not simply baiting partisan arguments... please!

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Oct 18, 2008 at 9:30 am

The amount of money for the McNerney/Andal campaign makes me sick. No more mailers!
In response to the question, I can't see any value in Andel either.

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Posted by McNerney voter
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 18, 2008 at 10:30 am

First the disclaimer -- we met the McNerney family before the first election and have become friends. I do not work for him or his campaign, nor have I spoken with him before making these comments.

Jerry's track record speak for him but more important to me is his accessibility and accountability. We absolutely do not agree on everything but he never fails to explain his position to me while listening to my arguments. Sometime we just agree to disagree. He seeks expert information when he does not have knowledge of something. He is not swayed by big money lobbying and stands up for his descisions. You will not be reading about any marital affairs or unpaid home improvements. Jerry exemplifies the ethical standards that are so lacking in politics. For that alone I am willing to try to see his position on certain issues.

Bottom line is that he does what he says and he has nothing to hide. No two people will ever agree completely so this is the best compromise out there.

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Posted by Curious
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Oct 18, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Thanks for the good input; this is the sense I've had regarding McNerney and the confirmation is helpful.

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Posted by Big Boss Man
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 18, 2008 at 9:00 pm

Doesn't make any difference what he says to you or me...his congressional voting record is in lockstep with the democratic leadership which doesn't demonstrate any independent thinking on his part. Nobody, can agree 100% of the time on everything. I'm am certain he is a nice guy, but he just doesn't impress me...sorry

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Posted by William S. Walsh
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 19, 2008 at 11:21 am

I have gone to his office in Washington D.C. and spent some time with him. The office and staff were a flurry but he made me comfortable and took all the time I needed to answer my questions. He was down to earth and did not shy away from explanations on questionable votes(in my view) he had taken. I voted for him to make decisions in Washington representing me. Although I did not agree with all his votes, nevertheless, I walked away respecting his reasoning and felt he is representing me to the best of his abilities. He flies home every weekend to talk with constituents and be with his family-wow. I don't work for him nor have I in the past. What makes you think someone from Stockton can represent us better here in Pleasanton. Give him another two years to see what he might be able to do. Two years from now you will have another chance to replace him. That is the system. My vote will be for McNerney!!

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